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Living and working in Spain is pleasant. The quality of life is high, partly due to the food and the many hours of sunshine that the country knows. In addition, Spain has an interesting culture, people are friendly and there are many days off due to the amount of holidays. For people who want to move to Spain, but aren't yet ready for retirement, working in Spain is a good option. Below is an overview of the possibilities in the field of labor migration to Spain and where you can best work.

Spanish job market is improving

The number of unemployed in Spain has risen sharply due to the economic crisis. However, it doesn't mean that there is nowhere else to find a job. Specially in the big cities it's good to look for work. Think of cities like Barcelona for work, or cities like Madrid, Málaga, Sevilla or Valencia. Unemployment is higher in the somewhat smaller towns, villages and in the countryside. Unemployment is particularly high in the regions of Andalusia and Extremadura.

Many people who emigrate to Spain do this in consultation with their current work. Due to globalization, it's normal to work in another country for a certain period of time. Looking for a job is of course no problem. For the people who find the country attractive and really want to start a new life, it's important to find out if there is work.

Because Spain is also a member of the EU and there is a free movement of goods and work, it's not necessary to apply for a work permit. Going to work in Spain is therefore fairly simple in terms of regulations. The work culture there is really different. Because many Spanish companies still stick to the famous siesta, the working hours in Spain are different. The siesta often lasts from 14:00 to 17:00, which means that the working days are very long.

Working in Spain

To find a job it's often good to start at employment agencies. A number of large, international employment agencies, such as Randstad, can help find a job. Of course there are also job vacancy websites in Spain that show where you can find work. An example of this is Info Empleo. The best way to find a job is of course a good network. Try to get in touch with acquaintances or friends with companies in Spain. This is also possible through LinkedIn. If this doesn't work, the possibility remains of course to send open applications. Hereby it's important that you do this in the local tongue. Many companies appreciate it if you speak Spanish well. If you can't do this, then English is often no problem at large companies.

Tip: don't put all your energy in 1 of the options, but just try to combine them. Finding a job just takes time and so don't give up if you don't find one in the first month.

Once you have found a job, it's important that you apply for a NIE number before you start working. This number is used by, among other things, your employer to register with the social security authority. To be sure, always check this with the employer where you are going to work. It's mandatory, but some employers don't take it so closely.

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